Many fishing and tourism initiatives in RI Question 3

Question 3 on Rhode Island’s statewide ballot this year is what is commonly referred to as a “green bond.” Green bonds are generally intended to raise funds for climate and environmental projects, often combined with initiatives to raise funds to purchase open “green” spaces for the public good.

However, much of the $50 million requested in Question 3 is for “blue” initiatives related to our estuaries, bays and oceans.

The “green” and “blue” components of the bond include $16 million to make cities and towns more resilient to climate impacts such as sea level rise; $3 million for restoring forests and habitats to help them continue to filter groundwater supplies and clean our air; $5 million for small business energy loans; $3 million for Narragansett Bay and watershed restoration; $12 million for a new Roger Williams Park Education Center; $4 million for brownfields; $5 million to purchase open space; and $2 million for local recreational facilities.

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Question 3 will get my yes vote because these initiatives are at the very core of our way of life, a big part of why we live in the Ocean State. These are funds to keep our water blue, our forest green, and our economy black, acting as a magnet for fishing and tourism generating billions in economic impact for Rhode Island each year.

Fifty million dollars is a lot of money, but to put it into perspective, we have a question 2 on the ballot, which asks for $250 million in bonds for the construction of the state’s public schools . And Question 1 asks for $100 million in bonds for teaching and research needs in marine disciplines at the University of Rhode Island campus in Narragansett Bay. These two bond issues are also worth considering, as they promote research, education, training and jobs in our blue-green economy.

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Fall Fly Tying Program

Stock up on flies for fly fishing by joining Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Aquatic Wildlife Management’s annual fall fly tying program. Learn to tie flies from experienced instructors.

Participants will have the choice of tying saltwater or freshwater flies at the beginner or intermediate level. You even have a chance to win a holiday wreath covered in a variety of flies.

The program begins Monday, November 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Cold Spring Community Center in North Kingstown. Fees are $5/person/session or pre-register for all five sessions for $20. For more information or to register online, visit or contact Kimberly Sullivan at (401) 539-0037 or [email protected]

Portsmouth's Paula Smalec with the 10-pound tautog she caught and released last Sunday.

Where’s the bite?

Striped Bass. “Slit size [28 inches to less than 35 inches] and smaller school striped bass are found in bays and front along the coasts,” Jeff Sullivan of Lucky Bait & Tackle told Warren. “The striped bass bite along the southern beaches and coastal gaps has been very good. Anglers have had success with metal lipped lures and SP Minnows,” said Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle in Providence. Cape Cod Canal fishing continues to explode with multiple bait profiles, striped bass of all sizes and a great bite of blue fish. “East End” Eddie Doherty, expert channel fisherman and author, said: “Lots of baitfish are still swimming in the channel, feeding sustained lightning for miles. Striped bass were snapping for hours on the east tide so that Anast Terezakis and his son, Nick, from Connecticut, were having a great day at Pip’s Rip. They had fish up to 42 inches and Anast landed a 26-pounder on a white Beachmaster pencil.

Black bass and scup. The scup bite is always good everywhere with water movement and structure. “Customers catch black bass when the tautog fishes as far north as the Providence River and the scup bite remains strong in the Eastern Passage,” Henault said.

Tautog. “The Tautog fishery produced many limited catches of fish down to 7-8 pounds,” said Declan O’Donnell of Breachway Bait & Tackle in Charlestown. “Some areas are starting to pick up, so keep moving. Anglers also continue to do well, with a few customers catching 8-pound fish off the west wall of Refuge Harbor last week. There are still some good sized bass caught by those who target or fish them specifically on deeper structural features. Crew [a fishing club] The tautog tournament winning fish weighed 11.7 pounds.

Fresh water. “Not many customers targeted trout this fall,” Henault said, “but the bigmouth bite seems to be pretty good.”

Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing licence. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business that focuses on clean oceans, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit

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